ME/CVS-patiŽnten (en ook ex-ME/CVS-patiŽnten!)
worden voorlopig definitief geweerd als bloeddonor door het Amerikaanse Rode kruis.
In de media:
American Red Cross Statement on XMRV and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
WASHINGTON, Friday, December 03, 2010 ó
At present, there are no specific federal recommendations regarding
deferral of individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or other diseases
that have been associated with Murine Leukemia Virus-related virus (XMRV) infection.
Nevertheless, in the interest of patient and donor safety, the
American Red Cross will defer indefinitely any donor who reveals
during the donor interview that they have been diagnosed with CFS.
XMRV infection has been associated in some studies with prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome,
but at the present time these disease associations have yet to be confirmed.
There is currently insufficient data to conclude that XMRV is transmitted through blood transfusion.
However, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Task force is conducting research
to determine the frequency of the virus in the donor population,
whether it is transfusion-transmitted, and
whether recipients become infected and develop the disease.
An AABB Interorganizational Task Force is charged with reviewing all available data,
making recommendations for further action to assess the risk of XMRV transmission through blood transfusion,
develop mitigation strategies as needed, and to provide information for blood donors, recipients and the public.
The AABB Taskforce released
Association Bulletin #10-03
in June 2010, recommending
that blood collecting organizations ó through the use of donor education
materials available at the donation site ó
actively discourage potential donors who have ever been diagnosed by a physician with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS),
also known as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS) or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME),
from donating blood or blood components.
In addition, any donor with symptoms of CFS would be deferred if, on the day of donation,
they respond negatively to the question, "Are you feeling well today?"
The Red Cross has implemented the AABB recommendations and
has gone further to implement indefinite deferral for donors who reveal a history of a medical diagnosis of CFS.
Met dank aan Erik